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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Did you know that Don Barden was the first African American to own a casino in Las Vegas?

Did you know that Don Barden was the first African-American to own a casino in Las Vegas?
Did you know that Barden started a record label, a newspaper, worked in radio broadcasting, served as a city council member and conducted real estate ventures with the federal government?

Did you know that in 1979, Barden founded Barden Cablevision, eventually selling it to Comcast for $105 million in 1994?

Did you know with the capital from the Comcast venture Barden began his casino ventures in 2001 with Majestic Star Company, which included two Indiana casino boats and Fitzgerald Casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada; Tunica, Mississippi and Black Hawk, Colorado?

Did you know that Barden companies would earn a combined $519 million in annual revenue?

Did you know that one of Barden biggest supporters was the late, great Michael Jackson?

Did you know that Barden wife filed to have him declared incompetent to manage his business affairs, and she continued to assist him with his health struggles?

Did you know that Barden was recognized by TBS cable networks, BET and Black Enterprise magazine as a top national business leader?

Now if you didn't know, now you know...

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